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South East Creatives

South East Creatives is a business development programme, supporting growing creative practices working in Essex, East Sussex and Kent.

The programme is for creative, cultural or digital businesses, looking to cultivate their skills and broaden their professional network. Businesses and sole traders can opt for one of the following:

To apply for any of the above please fill in the eligibility form.

You can also check out our case studies to see what has been supported:

South East Creatives events in Folkestone

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Industry Panel Discussions

Let's Go Outside: Maintaining Live Performance, for everyone, in a Pandemic  

These two panel discussions will discuss the challenges faced by performing arts organisations and artists when we 'Go Outside’, how we ensure health, safety & well being without compromising on artistic integrity, and how are organisations ensuring that they cater to diverse audiences. You can book on one or both events.

Let’s Go Outside - Session 1

South East Industry Panel Discussion and Q&A

Date: Tuesday 20th Oct 2020

Time: 6pm - 7:20pm

This is a panel discussion with industry specialists from across the south-east discussing outdoor performance across the region -  speakers to be announced soon. 

There are 20 free places available to guests who would like to join the Zoom session. Guests will have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of the discussion. Click here to book.

Let’s Go Outside - Session 2

Folkestone Panel Discussion and Q&A 

Date: Tuesday 27th Oct 2020

Time: 6pm - 7:20pm

This second discussion will be with Folkestone based panel of specialists discussing performing arts and working outdoors in Folkestone -  speakers to be announced soon. 

There are 20 free places available to guests who would like to join the Zoom session. Guests will have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of the discussion. Click here to book.


Selling Online for Artists and Makers


Course 1: 13/10/20 – 29/10/20 (To apply please complete this eligibility form by Thur 8 Oct, 6pm)

Course 2:  3/11/20 – 19/11/20 (To apply please complete this eligibility form by Thur 29 Oct, 6pm)

Time: Weekly on Tue / Thur 10-12 on Zoom

Course leader: Leona Thrift-ola

“In 2019, after 15 years of being a product-based creative business, I challenged myself to spend the year making a living from creating non-physical products. I explored many virtual, digital and online avenues to create the work I felt passionate about and build my audience. This course now brings together selling online with both physical and virtual products that focus on growing a memorable brand that’s loved by its customers which you enjoy running. My overarching intention is to inspire you to work smarter not harder from a place of joy, profit and purpose.”

About the Course:

A dynamic online course taught live by the founder of Indie Roller which explores digital marketing and revenue streams to build your brand, amplify your voice and connect with your target customers. Over 3 weeks we map your ideas into an actionable framework that fits the way YOU want to work and inspires you to dive in and get going!

We gather twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 noon on Zoom - you can have your camera switched on or off, it’s up to you. I share my screen with a 30 to 45 minute workshop which is followed by a group coaching session. I hold the space so it’s comfortable, inclusive and non-judgemental. The recording is then accessible via the Indie Roller website for 7 days along with your course materials which include workbooks, checklists, tip sheets and further reading recommendations.

Week one: Mindset, Branding and Visibility

You can learn all the practical and technical information but so often it's mindset, connecting with your 'why' and understanding the impact of visibility that can be the crucial missing links to successfully building an online audience and selling. I walk through how and why it's essential to share with personal insight, how to hone your ‘voice' and become a storyteller with boundaries and ease.

Week Two: Digital Marketing

 We create a digital marketing framework for your business so you know who you're talking to, what you're talking about, where you're doing it, why it matters, how it works and when to do it. Phewee! Sounds a lot doesn't it so the goal of this workshop is to simplify the process by taking the 'ick' out of marketing funnels and encouraging you to experiment with the process to find your sweet spot between content planning and being in the moment.

Week Three: Digital Revenue Streams

 We delve into selling through social media, online marketplaces, third party platforms and your own website. What can work best for you and what might your roadmap for growth look like. We also spotlight a variety of digital ideas and strategies that can recycle the work you've already created whilst tapping into your zone of genius.  In our final session we bring your framework together which starts with your business vision, works through your marketing funnels, is aware of your fears and challenges, wraps up your content pillars and inspires you to take action!

How to register 

  1. Use the eligibility form [here]
  2. Within the box ‘Nature of business’ please write ‘Selling online for Artist Makers: October’ or

‘Selling online for Artist Makers: November’

  1. For Q7. Please select Workshops/Mentoring
  2. Once you have completed this form you will receive an email containing instructions on how to book.
  3.  If you have already completed an eligibility form please email to register. 

Please note, places are limited.

Coming soon

More events are in the pipeline and will be included here soon. Watch this space!

Additional South East Creatives events

In addition to local events, the wider programme id offering a series of online events. You can find out more here: South East Creatives Event Page.

About South East Creatives

COVID-9 Support 

South East Creatives in Folkestone have put together these COVID-19 Business Support Resources are available here:

About South East Creatives

Businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme.

The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the South East.

Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including equipment, plant and machinery costs, salary costs towards a new role, supporting initial rent for new premises, funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more.

The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios - a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a programme tailored to meet the specific needs of creative businesses in the South East.

The programme will be supported by established local cultural hubs at Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, as well as by partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.

For more information and to find out whether you are eligible for this programme, please go to


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